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May 08, 2007

Four Things

First: Having a rental car in DC certainly reminds one how NOT FUN it is to drive in DC. Seriously, what a messed up city, driving-wise.

Second: Reminder that I'm doing an appearance tonight at Olssen's, 1307 19th St, NW in DC, at 7pm. I've been warned that parking around there is something of a bear, so if you're coming in for it, you might either want to do the Metro or get in a bit early to find some place to put your car. My plan is to do a reading, but I'll try to start it a couple minutes after the hour so I don't miss the parking stragglers.

When you see me, I may be unusually red. I had lunch out in the sun today and baked my forehead a bit. Try not to stare.

Third: A snazzy review of The Last Colony over at Bookgasm. I like it when people like my books.

Four: SFBC has listed its selections for June, and its main science fiction selection for the month is, you guessed it, The Last Colony. Its main fantasy selection is The Name of the Wind, the debut fantasy novel from Patrick Rothfuss. As it happens, Patrick left an inscribed copy of Wind for me at Uncle Hugo's, when I was there for the signing, which was nice of him, and I've been reading along in the book since then. I'm here to tell you it's pretty damn good. So, if you're an SFBC member, this is one of those months when you're going to want to pick up both of the selections. Seriously, it's just a one-two hit of pure fictiony goodness.

There, now you know what's up with me.

Posted by john at May 8, 2007 03:24 PM

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Jess | May 8, 2007 04:39 PM

For those metro-ing Dupont Circle is the closest stop.

Jason | May 8, 2007 05:39 PM

I have to second the kudos for Name of the Wind- it is a great read, a great new voice in Fantasy that could make a big splash, a splash that we have needed for sometime.

Dan | May 8, 2007 08:42 PM

Congrats on the mentions.

As for the head, you're preaching to the choir. I was outside all day cooking ribs and whatnots, and my friggin' massive dome is scorched. I feel like I'm lugging around a small sun on top of my neck (yes. It's dense). Anyway, have fun in DC.

Kurt Montandon | May 8, 2007 09:52 PM

I'm sorry, I simply cannot bring myself to pick up a copy of TNotW.

That cover ...

Maybe I could use a paper grocery bag as a cover, you know, like in elementary school.

Annalee Flower Horne | May 8, 2007 11:37 PM

wow, you had to drive around DC? I'm so, so sorry.

Seriously. DC and Baltimore both eat cars. You should get, like, hazard pay for that.

Lovely reading though. Thanks for coming.

John Scalzi | May 9, 2007 12:10 AM


There's a second cover for TNotW, which you may prefer. Look for it.

Martin Wagner | May 9, 2007 05:17 AM

The Name of the Wind is pretty good, though it has about the usual number of plot flaws as you'd expect in a debut novel. Worth picking up when the paperback hits, I'd say. The guy has latent talent, to be sure, that will really amount to something once he's honed it.

Andrew L | May 9, 2007 11:50 AM

DC is not meant for sane and reasonable human beings to drive in. It's that simple. I've been working near the White House for nearly five years now, and I have yet to drive to work even once. (Nor have I driven into DC for any other reason during that time, and I'm quite happy about that.) The Metro, for all its faults, is a godsend.

However, just having returned from a week in Beijing, I'd say that DC traffic is sheer heaven. Nothing beats seeing somebody make a 90-degree right turn across three lanes of high-speed traffic to get to a freeway exit that they (almost) missed. Or a cop car with lights flashing and sirens blaring, waiting almost two minutes to make a U-turn because nobody will give him an opening. It's traffic as primal human conflict.

(After making that trip, I also have to refute a prior assertion of yours, John. I had some very tasty braised donkey while I was in Beijing, and I can now say with authority that coffee tastes nothing whatsoever like ass.)

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